Newcastle utility back Fielden targets full-back berth

Luke Fielden
Fielden is Falcons' top try scorer this season with eight scores

Newcastle Falcons back Luke Fielden has targeted a return to his favoured full-back berth despite impressing on the wing this season.

The 26-year-old has ran in eight tries in 25 appearances to become the leading try scorer in Alan Tait's side.

"For me it's not a permanent move - I hope," Fielden told BBC Newcastle.

"I'm hopefully doing what the coaches want but I still see myself as a full-back, and that's where I want to play."

Fielden built up a growing reputation as a try-scoring full-back while with Bedford in the Championship last season, racking up 14 tries in 25 starts.

However his Premiership baptism for Falcons in the number 15 shirt came against Wasps, and henceforth it has been on the flanks that the Doncaster-born player has made his mark.

"I have had limited opportunity, fair enough the first game I had at full-back, I didn't have a very good game, but it was my first game in the Premiership,"

"I was very nervous, there were a lot of other things that contributed to me not having a very good game, but then I played another game up at Galashiels when we played Exeter and I had one of my best games of the season.

"It's one of those things, I want to play full-back, but if the coaches want me to play on the wing, that's where I'll play."

Falcons have relied on the experience of former Munster player Jeremy Manning at 15 for much of the season, with the emerging Tom Catterick and Alex Tait also in Tait's plans.

"I think by the selection I'm third or fourth choice, but that's the coaches opinions," Fielden added.

"At the moment I'm possibly first choice on the wing, so as long as I'm on the pitch I'm happy."

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